The best post-workout stretches

Relieve and relax tight muscles with these four soothing stretches. //

Stretching after exercise increases range of motion, says Wendy Fox, a physical therapist at Women and Infants Hospital in Rhode Island.

Do each move 4 times for 20 to 30 seconds.

--By Hallie Levine Sklar from Health magazine 

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Forward bend

Good for:Hamstrings

Sit on floor with legs extended. Maintain straight back while reaching toward toes (even if you can’t touch them); hold

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Runner's lunge

Good for:Hamstrings and calves

Stand 10 inches away from a wall; place palms on it. Step back with right foot. Bend left knee, keeping right heel down; hold. Repeat on opposite side.

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Shoulder stretch

Good for:Back and shoulders

Raise right arm and bend elbow over head at a 90-degree angle. Use left hand to grab right elbow and pull it gently to the left; hold. Repeat on opposite side.

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Heel drop

Good for:Ankle and foot joints

Stand on bottom step of a flight of stairs with balls of feet on edge of step. Gently allow heels to drop; hold.

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